Walker's Pace: Holliday Gets Ninth at London Olympics
Monday, August 6, 2012
Oregon alum Becky Holliday finished ninth in the finals of the women's pole vault Monday at the London Olympics.
Holliday had a best clearance at 14-7.25/4.45m, making that bar on her third attempt. She needed a second attempt to clear the opening height of 14-1.25/4.30m, and missed on all three attempts at 14-11/4.55m.
"The winds were really bad today, and that's just the way it goes in these competitions," said Holliday. "I'm 115 pounds and those winds are just hard on us little vaulters.
"I have worked for so long and now I can say I'm an Olympic finalist."
Holliday, who won the NCAA vault title for the Ducks as a senior in 2003, was the first-ever UO woman to qualify for the Olympics in the pole vault. Her ninth-place finish is the best Olympic track and field by a Duck woman since Kelly Blair took eighth in the heptathlon in 1988.
Also Monday, Oregon alum Zoe Buckman advanced to the semifinals of the women's 1,500 meters. Running for Australia, the 2011 graduate was eighth in her heat in 4:07.83 to qualify on time for Wednesday's semifinals.
Tuesday, former Ducks in competition include Matthew Centrowitz in the final of the men's 1,500 meters and Rachel Yurkovich in the qualifying rounds of the women's javelin.
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